Simple salmon patties were another standard in my house while we were growing up. Sadly, when we got married, Peter wasn’t such a fan – he thought they were too bland.
But they are such a great way to get some good fish oils into kids, and they are also great because they are the perfect finger food for little hands, super transportable for picnics and lunchboxes and they’re a very inexpensive meal option!
So I have worked at adapting them, making them allergy friendly and increasing their nutritional value and now they are a resounding success with everyone in our family. Yay!
Hope you and your little people (or just the big ones!) enjoy them too 🙂
- 1 400g tin pink salmon (drained and skin and large bones removed)
- 1 medium sweet potato (4-5 cups when chopped)
- 400g tin chick peas/butter beans, drained and rinsed
- 1 tsp fresh finely chopped dill
- 3/4 cup nutritional yeast
- 4 tbsp hemp seeds
- Salt and pepper to taste
- oil for cooking
- Optional: a 1/2 cup corn kernels and 1/2 a grated zucchini
Peel and dice the potatoes. Place into a saucepan of boiling water and cook until soft.
Drain and rinse the chic peas, the soak them in boiling water for about 10 minutes minutes, before draining again and mashing well.
If using zucchini – grate then squeeze out all the liquid between paper towels (might take a few lots of towels). Set aside.
Drain the salmon and remove any large bones before mashing
Roughly mash the potato, then mix through the mashed chick peas, followed by the salmon (plus corn and zucchini if using).
Add in the dill, salt and pepper then mix.
Add in the nutritional yeast and hemp and mix well until evenly combined.
If the mixture is still too wet, then add in more of the nutritional yeast and seeds until you get a consistency that allows you to form balls, then squash down into patties – i do mine about palm sized.
Place mixture in the fridge for an hour .
Remove from fridge (roll in some breadcrumbs or almond meal if you like more of a crispy coating), then place in a hot frying pan with some oil.
Cook until golden and then turn. About 3 minutes on each side. (You can also spray them with a little oil and bake in a preheated moderate oven for about 20 minutes per side).
Drain on some kitchen paper; allow to cool a little and then serve, on their own, in a burger or with some extra salad or veggies.
Makes about 24
These don’t freeze well, but they last a few days in the fridge and are great for easy, healthy lunches.
I think they are particularly great for lunch with some slices of avocado on top and drizzled with sweet chilli sauce 🙂
**To make these into veggie patties which as great vegan option we simply leave out the salmon. The work brilliantly on their own or in a burger.